Software License Agreement

Key points and template

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Key Points Included in This Software License Agreement
  • Swiss-wide recognized, industry-standard contractual provisions – compiled and reviewed by business associations Swico and swissICT
  • detailed description of the licensed software, including the possibility of uploading the software documentation as an attachment
  • modular definition of the license fee, including the possibility of uploading the price documentation as an attachment
  • detailed regulation of the usage included in the license fee, including the definition of the customer’s reporting obligations and the licensor’s control options
  • possibility to include supplementary maintenance services for the licensed software by including a software maintenance agreement 
Use This Software License Agreement if …

… you need to use and install software in your organization (for example, for payroll accounting) that was developed and is owned by another company

… you are the owner or rights holder of software that you wish to make available to a customer in return for payment of a license fee

… you need a fair and industry-established contractual framework to govern your business relationship

What is a Software License Agreement?

The software license agreement is designed to grant rights to the use of large application packages for lengthy periods, subject to the payment of a one-time or periodic usage fee. The licensed software usually consists of standardized program modules that are suitable for use by customers from a particular sector of industry or field of application. The programs can be adapted to the customer’s specific needs under an agreement for IT works and services or an IT-services agreement  (mandate relationship). The licensor may provide maintenance and support for the licensed software under a software maintenance agreement. The rights to the software are owned by the licensor or were granted to the licensor by the legal owner for the purpose of issuing licenses in accordance with this agreement.

Unlike a SaaS cloud service agreement, the licensee (customer) usually puts the software on a computer or has to copy it. In a SaaS deal, the software is hosted on the provider’s servers and the customer accesses it. Because the licensee (customer) places a copy on a computer – if it is on-premise software – the contract must include a copyright license.

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